Ready to get started this weekend? Here’s what to take a second glance at — along with what to pass on.


The real thing can be pricey when new, but you can often find whole sets for a fraction of the cost. You can also find less-precious (but stylish) sets of everyday flatware for far less than, say, Target prices.

Big Furnishings:

Older can be better when it comes to furniture, particularly when we’re talking about pieces like bureaus, tables and shelving units. You’ll generally find solid wood furniture that’s been lovingly kept up at these sales, for what you’d basically pay at IKEA.


Whether it’s fine china or a fine piece to eat take-out on, you can find dishes at a steal.

Tablecloths (And Other Niceties):

If you ever need to pass yourself off as a more civilized person, here’s where you find your props.


Some of us have never paid more than $1 for glasses (or barware). You can find colorful vintage pieces, or plain old pint glasses.

Bonus Tip For The Ladies:

Jewelry!  Though we would never come between anyone and their dream 1960s sofa, there are a few things you should generally skip:

Big Appliances

You don’t really have a chance to make sure they work properly. And, no warranty means no guarantee.

Upholstered Furnishings

One word: Bedbugs. Though we take a more cautious (paranoid) stance on that topic, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Take a very, very close look before you tote that darling enamelware fondue pot home. If there’s even a tiny chip, you run the risk of enamel spoiling your cheese heaven.